SOURCE: BNSF Railway Company

December 16, 2008 12:00 ET

BNSF Railway Honors Top Diverse Business Enterprise Suppliers

FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwire - December 16, 2008) - BNSF Railway Company recently honored three diverse business enterprises (DBEs) at BNSF's third annual DBE Awards. EMR, Inc. received the Distinguished Supplier Award, Beacon Systems received the Regional Supplier Award, and MDI Group received the Newcomer of the Year Award. The awards were presented by Dennis Johnson, vice president, Strategic Sourcing and Supply at a ceremony on Dec. 10 at BNSF's headquarters in Fort Worth.

"We believe that the unique perspectives of a diverse workforce can strengthen our business, improve our relationships with the communities we serve, and enhance our ability to deliver for our customers. This applies to our suppliers as well as our own workforce," Johnson said. "These three diverse business enterprises have done an excellent job for BNSF and I am pleased to provide them with these awards."

EMR Inc. is a Native American woman-owned federally certified small company that has been a supplier for BNSF for more than 20 years. Services provided to BNSF by EMR Inc. include emergency response work, waste management, environmental services, demolition, construction management and design/build.

Beacon is a Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)-certified company that provides information technology staffing with an expertise in the SAP software platform. Based in Bedford, Texas, Beacon became a new supplier in 2008 and will continue to do business with BNSF as a partner through BNSF's vendor managed-solutions provider MDI Group.

MDI Group is a woman-owned corporation certified by WBENC and is a member of WBENC's Board of Directors. BNSF began working with MDI earlier this year as the Managed Services Provider for the acquisition and management of contract labor. MDI's expertise is to leverage their staffing experience while managing efficiency, controlling costs, and improving worker quality for BNSF.

A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (NYSE: BNI), BNSF Railway Company operates one of the largest North American rail networks, with about 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is among the world's top transporters of intermodal traffic, moves more grain than any other American railroad, carries the components of many of the products we depend on daily, and hauls enough low-sulfur coal to generate about ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States. BNSF is an industry leader in Web-enabling a variety of customer transactions at

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